CM Punk’s debut in AEW sent shockwaves through the wrestling world, and for a moment, it seemed like an unattainable dream come true. However, the dream quickly turned into a nightmare for AEW when Punk was unexpectedly released earlier this month. Since then, the wrestling rumor mill has been abuzz with speculation about his potential return to WWE. Now, wrestling veteran Eric Bischoff has weighed in on the possibility, suggesting that there’s no risk for WWE in re-signing Punk.
Reports have indicated that CM Punk had shown interest in returning to WWE even before his comeback with AEW earlier this year. He had made a brief return to WWE Backstage a few years ago, and according to Ringside News, he had reportedly made a desperate attempt to rejoin WWE during that time.
During a recent interview, former WWE executive Eric Bischoff discussed the likelihood of CM Punk returning to WWE. Bischoff made it clear that if TV ratings were to decline, he wouldn’t bet against Punk making a WWE comeback. He went on to say that there’s essentially no risk involved for WWE in re-signing Punk, mainly because Punk wouldn’t be able to replicate the same stunts he pulled in AEW.
Bischoff stated, ”If you ask me do you think if he’ll be there in the next three months? No. Six months? No. But once you go beyond six months, it all depends on what happens to the TV market. If the numbers are solid and continue to grow, I think it’s very unlikely. But I guarantee you that if those numbers take a big dip and there’s pressure on the company to do something to energize the market again and somebody brings up Punk’s name, I won’t bet against that.”
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He continued,“I don’t think there’s any risk involved, because Punk’s not gonna be able to pull into WWE and even remotely have an opportunity to have a repeat performance of what went on at AEW.”
“He’s got to be a relatively smart guy, I believe that. You got into WWE, it’s a different world there. Not only does he show up and cuts a promo like Konnan suggested, think of the backstory potential that’s there as a result of the previous tenure he had. There’s a story you can create, some of it based on reality, some of it made up, but still based on his time in WWE, so the backstory and creative platform there could be very good if the individual Phil Brooks is willing to perform as the character CM Punk within the parameters in WWE. I don’t think he could or would pull the same kind of stunts.”
In the wrestling world, WWE doesn’t view signing CM Punk on the same level as Cody Rhodes, and only time will tell whether “The Second City Saint” will make his way back to WWE in the future.